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File photo of Sen. Ted Cruz. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

File photo of Sen. Ted Cruz. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has released his birth certificate to reflect that he was born in Canada but says he will renounce citizenship from that country.

Cruz first gave a copy of the document to The Dallas Morning News but then provided it to The Associated Press late Monday.

The tea party favorite has been mentioned as a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate — even though only natural born U.S. citizens can hold the office.

Cruz had long maintained that he was a U.S. citizen at birth because his mother is American.

But he issued a statement Monday citing suggestions he may actually hold dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship. As a result, he said he would formally renounce his Canadian citizenship.

Cruz added: “Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth.”

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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